These Energy-Boosting Herbs Help Keep You Awake Without the Coffee Jitters

Consider trying some of these natural energy-boosting alternatives if you wish to boost your brain function without any negative side effects.

If you’re like most adults, you can’t start your day without a cup of coffee. Or two, or five.

But drinking too much coffee can be bad for your health, so you might want to slow down. While coffee gives you an energy boost, this effect is only temporary, making you crave another cup so you can finish working even if you’re already tired.

Coffee contains caffeine, which is a potent central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. This means that caffeine temporarily energizes you. But if you have too much coffee, the constant stimulation that the CNS goes through may cause a shaky and jittery sensation. This jittery sensation signifies that your nervous system and adrenals, or the glands that regulate stress hormones, are reacting negatively to the excess stimulation. Too much coffee can then cause burnout when your adrenals have had enough.

When this happens, you will be stuck in “a continual cycle of caffeine stimulation, over-stimulation, and fatigue.” If you keep drinking coffee, you will soon need to drink more before you can do normal tasks. However, you will still feel tired when your energy runs out. This cycle also causes burnout of your energy levels.

Energy-boosting herbs and roots

These herbs and roots are natural alternatives to coffee. They can keep you energized without causing the jitters. 

1. Chinese ginseng

Chinese ginseng is an adaptogen that is often used to improve longevity, raise energy levels, and strengthen the immune system. “Adaptogens” are a potent type of energizing herbs that help the body “adapt to stress and resist fatigue.” Adaptogens can boost overall vitality and energy levels.

2. Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba is often called the “brain herb” because of its positive effects on cognitive function. Gingko biloba can help boost brain activity and sharpen focus and memory.

3. Guarana

Guarana extract comes from the Brazilian native plant Paullinia cupana. The extract can boost mental focus and energy. Gurana also helps improve the speed of short-term memory.

4. Maca root

Maca root, a plant endemic to Peru, has potent libido and energy-boosting properties. Another adaptogen, maca root can help improve learning, memory, mental function, and physical performance.

5. Rhodiola rosea

The plant can boost both endurance and strength. R. rosea can enhance performance and speed up workout recovery. The versatile plant can even reduce inflammation and address stress-related fatigue and depression. 

6. Schizandra berry

Schizandra berries are one-of-a-kind energy boosters that also have herbal adaptogenic properties. Schizandra can improve mental performance, and it is an effective antioxidant.

7. Tongkat ali

Eurycoma longifolia or tongkat ali is ideal if you think stress is depleting your energy levels. Tongkat ali can help improve your mood and other stress parameters such as tension. It can also make it easier to deal with the effects of daily chronic stressors. Additionally, tongkat ali can boost libido and release testosterone.

8.  Yerba mate

Yerba mate tea is brewed from the dried leaves of the Ilex paraguariensis plant. The tea is popular in South America, where it is in demand thanks to its vitality-enhancing effects. Yerba mate contains more antioxidants than green tea and it is linked to enhanced metabolism and physical performance. It can also suppress the appetite and help the body burn stored fat for energy.

You can add these herbs and roots to your diet any way you want, such as by taking them in powder form mixed with water.

Consider trying some of these natural energy-boosting alternatives if you wish to boost your brain function without any negative side effects. These herbs and roots can even help you respond better to stress while they also strengthen your body.

Fast facts on adaptogens

  • Adaptogens are various plants that can help reduce the effects of stress on the body.
  • Adaptogens can also function as energy and stress level regulators.
  • They can lower stress levels by normalizing the body without overstimulating it.
  • Adaptogens can help support adrenal function and the CNS. For example, medicinal mushrooms can help the body use oxygen efficiently.

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Mike Adams

Mike Adams, the "Health Ranger," is an outspoken consumer health advocate, award-winning investigative journalist, internet activist and science lab director.

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Darlene Rese
Darlene Rese

Although I am not familiar with these herbs I think it is highly recommended to search them out and start trying them out. Thank you so much for the information.


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Such a Great Article The Natural Path I’ve seen Reffered me to Rhodiola pure without the Additives such as Thorne Brand.
I most definitely need to Support Adrenals with my Thyroid stuff it is beneficial.

Thank you for this great Article!!



Linda Smith
Linda Smith

Love the article on the many different types of useful meds…especially re: ginko Biloba and ginseng!,You guys know a plethora of things!! Thanks so much!!

Thomas Sutherland
Thomas Sutherland

Where can you find these herbs and roots in Canada? I would like to try them.

Daisy Edberg
Daisy Edberg

Thank you

Robina fazal
Robina fazal

Thanks!Sir Mike Adams 💖💐for Sharing a nice Article on herbs use to get good energy..fine most people can advantage..I usually focus on the use of proper diet..that can energise our mind and natural ways.. plenty of water..+exercises.. mind body soul relaxing yoga..and meditation..All as you all know and more a lot more about health and it’s care.. proper ,active life style..positive thinking.. utilization of time and energy ..boosts a lot energy in you as meditation..devoting time in healthy mind and body captivating activities.. and balanced diet with full nourishment..maintains your overall health.. Yeah well said use of some herbs…we usually don’t have such herbs in our areas..I do sometimes drink green tea..which is an antioxident..and good for relaxed mind..and ease the Stomach too..As you know excess of any thing is not good whether fruits…juices.vegetables..chicken…The herbs or any foods..or drinks..that are energy boosting can give good effects on health of mind and body..but their excessive .Or unnecessary use have harmful effects too..I wanna say we need energy to be healthy and powerful to lead our lives.. and nothing is best to take routine diets water.and exercise..meditation that is an amazing way to boost energy to mind.. soul and body but I must say your article is really fine and inspiring to use herbs for boosting energy to give proper fuel to our bodies ..but as know best .Balance is life’s main thing to have some ratio whole it’s matter of food one should get positive boosting energies but not extra energies.. that makes you irritated .and you feel embarresd..and then starts cutting down diets..always eat with balanced food..take herbs..take diet fill of nourishment but not try to have extra use of anything..As less you eat with balance.. and drink a intervals do take healthy diet …but not let yourself habitual of any diet or energy boosting foods..or any other simple.. eat simple ..think your self a care respect all..It really makes you a healthy person…👍

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